Why Tony Abbott may be the best solution for small business
Here is what I had to say:
"Small businesses are the backbone of the Australian economy.
There are over two million small businesses in this country, which provide approximately seven million jobs and comprise up to 20 per cent of the national economy.
With a Federal election looming and a new Prime Minister to be appointed (or, in Kevin Rudd’s case, a returning Prime Minister), small business owners will be eagerly and nervously awaiting party platforms that impact them.
I understand the pressure and considerations of running a small business more than most. I founded my first business at age 25, and in 2004 established Marketing Eye, Australia’s leading marketing consultancy firm for small to medium businesses.
Every day, I talk to small business owners about issues that matter to them – like company tax rates, hiring and retaining exceptional employees and calculated risk taking.
When I decide who to vote for later this year, I will sit down and analyse which major party will best benefit my clients and my own business.
My biggest criticism of the Labor Party since it took power in 2007 is that it has been impossible to get a meeting with the Small Business Department, despite numerous attempts. This is in contrast with the previous Coalition Government, which I generally found approachable and receptive.
Marketing Eye has more than 135 clients on its books nationwide, spanning industries such as transport, mining, logistics, information technology and finance. How can these small businesses feel that their voices are being heard by the people in power, when the person representing them is constantly rebuffed?
The Coalition has already pledged to axe the carbon tax and cut $1 billion of red tape if it is elected, whereas one of Labor’s key promises is the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) which will improve affordable access to technology for small businesses.
Regardless of who wins, I hope to see people in charge that understand the intricacies of small business.
Looking forward, I also want to see more Government contracts, and easier access to the tender process, for small businesses across the country.
Without small businesses, Australia wouldn’t be Australia as we know it.
Let’s hope the next Government embraces that fact."
I am pleased to see Tony Abbott as Prime Minister. Firstly, as an entrepreneur who spends so much time abroad, I am constantly embarrassed by the Labour leaders who have run the country over the past few years. Kevin Rudd is seen as a "joke" internationally, who favours being a celebrity over actually running the country and being the Stateman he should be. Julia Gillard, who although her accent and voice is fodder for every comedian, fares a little better, but is still considered light weight with little substance. It helps people like myself appreciate how lucky we were to have John Howard for so many years as our Prime MInister. He represented our little country on a world stage and made sound decisions without causing embarrassment or making us look like a bunch of red necks.
With Tony Abbott and his team in power, I feel more comfortable with telling people who our Prime Minister is. He have values and is a family-man, as well as being a sound leader, not desperate for the spotlight. I doubt we will see him on Oprah which no doubt would have been Rudd's dream gig.
As for small business, it could not get any worse than what it has been since Labour took over the reigns. Let's hope they invest in helping small businesses grow and expand internationally, creating more jobs and a better economy for all.